Wicklow’s 133 bus service will undergo a massive overhaul in early 2023.

Commuters along the East Coast will see new timetables and schedules on Route 133.

Bus commuters along the East Coast will see significant service improvements early next year with new timetables and schedules to be introduced on Route 133.

Route 133 was one of two routes put out to tender by the National Transport Authority (NTA) last year, and the Authority announced that the preferred bidder for the contract was Bus Éireann. The 133 currently runs between Wicklow Town and Dublin city centre, serving places like Bray, Kilmacanogue and Belfield. Service levels will remain broadly similar to what they are now, but under the new contract 133 will bypass Bray, reducing overall journey times by around 10 minutes.

The existing 133B between Wicklow and Bray runs very rarely and will be replaced by a new service, 131, which will run hourly. The existing Eireann 133L bus is to be operated with increased frequency as a TFI local link service, by Local Link Carlow Kilkenny Wicklow. A plan to improve the bus stop infrastructure along Route 133 will be agreed by NTA and Bus Éireann as part of the contract.

NTA will supply Bus Éireann with 35 new vehicles consisting of 19 regional single-deckers and 16 double-deckers. The 19 single-decker buses (Volvo B8RLE chassis with Sunsundegui SB3LE body) will be equipped as follows:

  • Capacity of 49 seated passengers (no standing passengers)
  • Front side service door fitted with manual wheelchair ramp, offside emergency door
  • Permanent space for wheelchairs Page 2 of 2
  • Interior luggage rack
  • Individual high-back passenger seats equipped with age-adjustable seat belts
  • Passenger information system (trapeze)
  • Wireless
  • Air conditioner
  • USB power outlets at each seat
  • CCTV camera system

The 16 double-decker buses (VDL Futura FDD2-141 integral) will be equipped as follows:

  • Capacity of 75 seated passengers (no standing passengers)
  • Front front side service door and center side service door fitted with a manual wheelchair ramp
  • Permanent space for wheelchairs
  • Two interior staircases
  • Limited internal luggage rack, with externally accessible rear luggage compartment
  • Individual high-back passenger seats equipped with age-adjustable seat belts
  • Passenger Information System
  • Wireless
  • Air conditioner
  • USB power outlets at each seat
  • CCTV camera system

The new services will become operational in early 2023 subject to the Authority receiving government funding.

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